Kill Your Boyfriends, Part of National Pastime’s Naked July Fest

(Erik Strebig (left) 

and Christopher Young)

Pride Films and Plays continues its exciting,
award-winning development of new works for the stage with Kill Your Boyfriends, a world premiere fever dream of movement and
text created, choreographed, and directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van
Barham.  “You must kill your boyfriends,”
poet Alex Dimitrov tells us. “You
must kill what wants, like death, to keep you

On a hot night,
we find two couples in a single bed.  It’s just an old mattress, really.
 Finding each relationship at a moment of strain, we watch the characters
try to make it through one more night, each unable to sleep, refusing to rest.
 The performance uses text – from Richard Siken, Alex Dimitrov, Sylvia
Plath, Sharon Olds, Thom Gunn, Marty McConnell, Amanda Nazario, Shakespeare,
Edward Albee, and Walt Whitman – that voices the panic and obsession that
threaten to consume.  Fear of sex.  Fear of death.  Fear of
sleep and the fight against its tranquil oblivion.  You always hurt the
one you love.  Or, at the very least, the one who sleeps next to you.

Kill Your Boyfriends features James Nedrud, Erik Strebig,
Sarah Goldberg, Karen Vance, Carmen Molina, and Christopher Young.  Music is by The Dresden Dolls, Mogwai, Cat
Power, Lana Del Rey, The Civil Wars, Portishead, Andrew Bird, Patsy Cline, with
original compositions by sound designer Alex Mauney.  

Kill Your Boyfriends will perform as part of The Naked July
Festival at National Pastime Theatre
(June 28-August 10).


941 W Lawrence Ave  Chicago, IL 60640

Performances are: Saturdays – July 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 8PM

          Sundays – July 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 3PM

 Friday, July 26 @ Midnight


Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets